The Foundation and Hospital boards of directors in Columbus and Nelsonville determined the communities-at-large and osteopathic medicine could be served through philanthropic organizations with the financial strength and commitment to improve health and quality of life locally, and to advance the principles and practices of osteopathic medicine locally, statewide and nationally. For this direction to be pursued, it was vital that the traditions and successful programs provided through the hospital system be retained.
The process to communicate this vision was initiated to solicit input on the strategy and identify the highest priorities for the vision should it be pursued. The vision and strategy were accepted and the process began to select an appropriate entity to continue the work of the Hospitals in serving the communities and committing to the perpetuation of the osteopathic medical education programs.
As the Doctors Hospital Foundation served as the supporting organization for Doctors in Columbus, a supporting organization for Doctors Hospital of Nelsonville was established and the foundations for the stewardship of the funding resources were solidified.